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Poster design competition at Edinburgh Fringe names inaugural winner

The winning poster design, Catching Comets, pictured centre, with details of the other shortlisted designs
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The winner of a new competition celebrating poster design at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been announced.

Theatre marketing designer Bob King, whose work includes the original campaigns for Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, was among the judges for the contest, run by Scottie, a new platform for theatre website design.

Madison Clare’s poster for Catching Comets by Ransack Theatre, which is running at Pleasance Courtyard, was named best poster at this year’s fringe, winning £500.

Catching Comets review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘smart action-movie spoof’

Four other posters made the shortlist of this year’s competition, including Graeme Ross’ design for Dead Equal and Sean Longmore and Kimberley Garbett’s poster for Everything I See I Swallow.

The other finalists were Rebecca Pitt’s poster for Fishbowl and Haiminh Le’s design for Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing.

Fishbowl review at Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh – ‘acutely observed physical theatre’

Entrants were invited to submit their own posters to the competition, which received 144 entries.

Other judges included co-executive producer of Doctor Who Sam Hoyle, Francesca Peschier, who is head of new works at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and a reviewer for The Stage, and Vault Festival head of communications Josh Morrall.

Peschier said: “[The Catching Comets artwork] is a fabulous reference to classic 1970s sci-fi.

“There is great use of negative space and while it doesn’t tell me much about the show, it’s a poster I would love to have on my wall at home.”

Co-founder of Scottie Connie Girvan added: “Design plays an integral role in promoting a production.

“The poster image is often the first invitation the audience receives to experience the company’s story. It’s been wonderful to see so much creativity and quality art in the submissions.”

Scottie has confirmed that it plans to continue the competition in future years.

The best poster design prize was presented at a launch event for Scottie at Apothecary in Edinburgh on August 14.

Bob King: ‘Designing posters is about ideas, not computer skills’

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